An illuminated structure creates intrigue and curiosity into another world and can offer a feeling of relief and welcomeness within the vastness of night. My new series of nocturnal paintings celebrate the beauty that electric light has against a Western night. When the sun surrenders to the wattage of night, the mundane of day gets transformed into scenes that captivate. With a focus on small structures, some being iconic, some charming in their proportions, but all having a Western soul, this series reveals the loveliness of lighting the night. Several of the structures I've chosen are along the original Route 66 in New Mexico and Arizona and are still open to this day. As a painting challenge, darkness interrupted by light has offered me beautiful palette possibilities, calming compositions and the reward offered by opposite elements beautifully struck.